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Bard College at Simon's Rock

Great Barrington, MassachusettsPrivate

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African American & African Studies

This concentration considers the great range of experiences of African Americans historically and in the present. Students who choose this concentration consider the many ways African Americans have negotiated the issue of race within a predominantly white society, using strategies that range from assimilation to separatism. In this concentration, students are encouraged to think critically about the concept of race and the crucial role of language and culture in defining racial difference at distinct historical moments. Students analyze history, theory, and cultural representations made by African Americans in order to increase their understanding of black achievement and oppression.

Offerings: Major


Search for answers to the deepest questions about human beings by studying people and cultures at various times and places, and from different perspectives. Course subjects include religion, language, colonialism, gender, cultural representation, and urban living. Student-designed tutorials allow you to focus on a topic of special personal interest.

Offerings: Major

Bard Queer Leadership Project at Simon’s Rock

Launching Fall 2023 The Bard Queer Leadership Project (BQLP) is a revolutionary, new Bachelor of Arts degree program designed for, and by, LGBTQIA+ college students to elevate LGBTQIA+ students and college graduates into leadership roles in school and across the workforce…while serving as a space for actualizing educational practices designed for students to thrive.

Offerings: Major

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Local area

Great Barrington, Massachusetts-The Berkshires

Cobblestone roads, colonial architecture and nature's beauty. Vibrant Main Street shops and eateries, plus rock climbing and skiing in the nearby mountains.

Top things to do


From Appalachian to leisurely meadows and the tallest peak at their summit. Gear up with Berkshire Bike & Board, a local outfitter.


Winter sports abound at Catamount, Butternut, Jiminy Peak, and Bousquet which offer an incredible way to see nature with forests that are perfect for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing as well.

Adventure Parks

The Berkshires are home to several adventure parks including The Catamount Aerial Adventure Park, the Bousquet and Ramblewild's.

Cultural and Historic Sites

There is an incredible range of cultural, art and historical activities available in The Berkshires, from enormous homes of the Gilded Age to museums and stunning gardens.

Religious life

Bard College at Simon's Rock is does not hold any religious affiliation.

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Student groups

Student-run groups and organizations

Black Student Union

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Human Rights Club

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Study away & study abroad

We’ll help you follow your path wherever it leads—around the world and back, or maybe to one of our distinguished partner programs. Monserrat students in ocean with netOur signature programs ensure that whether you study away or stay on campus in your junior year, you’ll be able to broaden your view and work with talented and influential thinkers from outside the Simon’s Rock community. It’s a cross-pollination of ideas that strengthens our BA program and makes your time here even more valuable.

Featured programs

Dual Degree Engineering Programs with Columbia or Dartmouth

Study three years at Simon’s Rock and two years at either Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science or Dartmouth College. In completing the two degrees, you will have a well-rounded foundation in the critical thinking and problem-solving skills that will make you a better engineer.

Location: New York City or Hanover, USA

Spanish Studies Abroad: The Center for Cross-Cultural Study–Spain, Argentina, Cuba, or Puerto Rico

The Center for Cross-Cultural Studies offers programs in Seville or Alicante, Spain, at the University of Cordoba in Argentina, in Havana, Cuba, or in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Students studying Spanish and Latin American Studies at Simon's Rock have the opportunity to spend a summer, semester, or year in residence intensively studying the Spanish language in one of these locations.

Location: Various, Spain, Argentina, Cuba, Puerto Rico


Book One

Every year Simon’s Rock selects a book that promotes interdisciplinary conversations about the intersection of cultures by a contemporary living author. Book One is an opportunity to read a great book, discuss it with the author, and hear others reflect on the same text. Programs like Book One provide a common language and a touchstone for further conversations.

Rock the Community

Volunteers team up and head off to project sites across campus and across the county to improve gardens, trails and woodlands, build bridges, write letters to troops, visit area youth and seniors, and support nearby community organizations. A way for the Simon’s Rock community to give back.

Dolliver Drag

Residents of Dolliver Residence Hall invite their fellow students to suit up, get glam, and strut their stuff. Rooted in a cherished Simon's Rock tradition, Dolliver Drag is a night of expression, embodiment, and performance.


Mayfest is a much-appreciated tradition that breaks the tension and rings in each spring.Things warm up with the Dance Concert and keep going for a full four days of performances, celebration, good food, and bounce house carnival fun. Students do the time warp again with a Rocky Horror Picture Show screening, and get colorful during a Holi Festival Celebration. There’s even a formal dance with officially excellent music.

Grants and scholarships

Simon's Rock Scholarships

Berkshire Regional Scholarships

Bard Queer Leadership Scholarship

Elizabeth Blodgett Hall and Livingston Hall Scholarships

Clark Early College Fellows Scholarship

Young Writer's Workshop Scholarships

W.E.B. Dubois Scholarships

CTY Scholarships

Summer Institute for the Gifted Scholarships

Annual cost

Tuition $61,600
Room & Board$17,200
Books, supplies, and other$5,500